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The knives are out Down Under


Thought for the day – the knives are out Down Under.

While Tuesday at Wimbledon was a day of jublilation for anyone in the British tennis-playing and supporting camp, the boot was firmly on the other red, white, and blue foot as the Aussies were handed their most unfortunate showing at Wimbledon since 1938.

Although Sam Stosur had blistered into the second round in hard-court fashion on Monday, she remains the lone bearer of the Southern Cross as The Championships progress, as Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt, Casey Dellacqua, Matthew Ebden and Ash Barty fell foul of Wimbledon’s grass courts. It just proves that sometimes, other countries have as torrid a time of it as we Brits do.

Tomic’s exit was the biggest shock, the 2011 quarter-finalist usurped by young pretender David Goffin, who pulled off a four-set win, claiming that he just tried to be like Bjorn Borg: impassive. “It’s hard. To see what you did last year and to lose first round is difficult,” Tomic said.“But there’s a reason why I lost, I have to say. He played much better and I wasn’t playing the right tennis. No excuse. The last few weeks have been a little bit tough on me. I have gone through a match where I should have won and been sick for a week. But, look, I take that as a learning curve. You’re not going to improve unless you learn.”

Hewitt, meanwhile, would have been hard-pushed to have made much of an inroad on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world No 5, who looks more comfortable on grass with every single dance. Young gun Matthew Ebden surrendered in four sets to Benoit Paire, Casey Dellacqua could do little against Marion Bartoli, and defending girls’ singles champ Ash Barty’s wild card began and ended at the hands of Roberta Vinci.

And so the knives are sure to be out Down Under, an inquest begun into why Australia will be without a representative in the men’s singles second round, and just the one in the ladies’ singles. They should ask the Brits for tips.